Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Press Release

1-HUMBOLDT BRONCOS (36-13-2-2) … 1st last week
They will have home ice advantage throughout the playoffs

2-MELVILLE MILLIONAIRES (35-14-2-3) … 3rd last week
Hottest team in the SJHL to end the regular season

3-YORKTON TERRIERS (36-14-1-3) … 2nd last week
They stumbled in the final week, but regrouped to win when they needed on final night
4-NIPAWIN HAWKS (32-14-2-6) … 4th last week
No regulation time losses in their last nine to end the regular season

5-FLIN FLON BOMBERS (33-19-1-0) … 5th last week
No regulation losses in four to end season and may be underrated going into playoffs

6-NOTRE DAME HOUNDS (27-21-0-5) … 7th last week
They got it together in the final week, restoring hope that maybe they belong closer to the top tier of the league

7-BATTLEFORDS NORTH STARS (26-21-2-5) … 6th last week
 Brutal schedule to end the year and just three wins in final ten
8-KINDERSLEY KLIPPERS (21-27-3-2) … 8th last week
Home ice advantage in a ‘pick em’ series with Estevan

9-ESTEVAN BRUINS (20-29-4-0) … 9th last week
Need a much better showing than the last time they went to Kindersley

10-MELFORT MUSTANGS (19-29-3-2) … 10th last week
Heavy underdogs in their series with the Stars, but don’t ever count these guys out

11-LA RONGE ICE WOLVES (20-31-0-3) … 11th last week
Paid dearly at Whitney Forum as Bombers knock them from playoffs for a change

12-WEYBURN RED WINGS (16-35-0-3) … 12th last week
Year to forget is over.  New era begins.


Tad Kozun, Nipawn (12-9-9-18) … finally held off scoresheet on Saturday after nine in a row with a point.

Wheaton King, Nipawin (12-2-12-14) … put up one the quietest high end seasons in recent memory.

Russell Trudeau, Melville (6-5-8-13) … nice spurt to make it within a point of scoring championship.

Ian McNulty, Melville (6-5-6-11) … almost as good as Trudeau to hang on to scoring championship.

Matt Saunderson, Melfort (4-0-6-6) … blossoming at just the right time of the year to lead Melfort blueline.

Calder Neufeld, Estevan (5-1-6-7) … it’s been a long road to recovery from injury layoff.

Devin Buffalo, Flin Flon (3-1, 1.68, .949) … no question he’ll be between the pipes for the start of playoffs.

Matt Hrynkiw, Humboldt (5-1, 1.48, .942, 1SO) … and to think Melville beat him for four on Friday night.  To Hrynkiw, it must’ve felt like ten.

Tyrell King, Kindersley (5-1, 1.95, .941) … most pivotal player in the Survivor Series versus Estevan.

Jordan Liem, Nipawin (6-1, 2.00, .932 ,1SO) … have to wonder if we’ll see him come playoff time.

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

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